Friday, March 28, 2008

know yourself...

if "you know your enemy and know yourself," he wrote, "you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." ---the art of war

do you know who you are?

or do you see yourself through the eyes of your enemies?

here is what you are not taught:

  • Africa is the home of early man.
  • Africa is the cradle of modern man.
  • Africa is the cradle of civilization.
  • Africa once held a position as world teacher including the teacher for the western world.
  • There was and there still is a continental wide unity in Africa and in the African communities around the world.
  • The first time Africans left the continent was not on slave ships.
  • Africa and African people all over the world have been under siege for nearly 2000 years and only recently by European slavery and colonization.
  • There is an African Diaspora all over the world today.
  • African people have resisted domination on the continent and all over the world.
  • Even under slavery, colonization, segregation, apartheid, African people have made monumental contributions to arts, science and politics.

we are not a people that just lies down and accepts oppression. there is nothing in our history to suggest such a course. any suggestion of this "giving up"screams the fact that we are not in touch with who we are as a people.

we are lost and must get back to basics. i searched for a way to share the message, all roads lead back to history. it has all been said/done before. Malcolm X taught the lesson in a way that said it all...

please note that white has been added by me. i don't think that white men are THE man. they are simply white men...words are powerful...let us not defeat ourselves with them...

"You Can’t Hate The Roots
by Malcolm X

Why should the Black man in America concern himself, since we’ve been away from the African continent for 400 years, for 300 – 400 years, why should we concern ourselves? What impact does what happen to them have upon us?

Number one; first you have to realize that up until 1959, Africa was dominated by the colonial powers. And by the colonial powers of Europe having complete control over Africa, they projected the image of Africa negatively. They projected Africa always in a negative light; jungles, savages, cannibals--nothing civilized.

And why then naturally it was so negative, it was negative to you and me. And you and I began to hate it. We didn’t want anybody to tell us anything about Africa much less calling us an African. And in hating Africa, and in hating the African, we ended up even hating ourselves, without even realizing it. Because you can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate your origin and not end up hating yourself. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.

And you show me one of these people over here who has been thoroughly brainwashed, who has a negative attitude towards Africa and I will show you one that has a negative attitude towards himself. You can’t have a positive attitude towards yourself and a negative attitude towards Africa at the same time.

To the same degree that your attitude, that your understanding of and attitude toward Africa becomes positive, you’ll find that your understanding of and your attitude towards yourself becomes positive. And this is what the white man knows. So they very skillfully made you and me hate our African identity, our African characteristics. You know yourself. And we have been a people that hated our African characteristics. We hated our hair; we hated the shape of our nose. We wanted one of those long dog-like noses. We hated the color of our skin. We hated the blood of Africa that was in our veins and in hating our features and our skin and our blood, why we had to end up hating ourselves. And we hated ourselves.

Our color became to us a chain. We felt that it was holding us back; our color became to us like a prison which we felt was keeping us confined, not letting us go this way or that way and we felt that all of this restriction was based solely on our color and the psychological reaction to that would have had to be, that so long as we felt imprisoned or chained or trapped by black skin, black features and black blood; that skin and those features and blood that was holding us back automatically had to become hateful to us. And it became hateful to us. It made us feel inferior, it made us feel inadequate, it made us feel helpless, and when we fell victim to this feeling of inadequacy, or inferiority, or helplessness, we turned to somebody else to show us the way.

We didn’t have confidence in another Black man to show us the way or Black people to show us the way. In those days, we didn’t. We didn’t think a Black man could do anything, but play some horn and some sound and make you happy with some songs. But in serious things, where our food, clothing, and our shelter was concerned, and our education was concerned, we turned to the (white) man. We never thought in terms of bringing these things in existence for ourselves. We never thought in terms of doing things for ourselves. Because we felt helpless. And what made us helpless was our hatred for ourselves.

One of the things that made the Black Muslim Movement grow was its emphasis upon things African; this was the secret to the growth of the Black Muslim Movement. African blood, African origin, African cultures, African ties; and you’d be surprised. We discovered that deep within the subconscious of the Black man in this country, he’s still more African then he’s American. He thinks that he’s more American than he’s African because the (white) man is jiving him; the (white) man is brainwashing him everyday, telling him ‘you’re an American, you’re an American.’

Man how can you think that you’re an American when you have never had an American tree here? You have never, never…Ten men are sitting at a table eating; you know dining and I can come and sit down where they’re dining. They are dining. I’ve got a plate in front of me but nothing is on it. Because all of us are sitting at the same table are all of us diners?

I’m not a diner until you let me dine. Then I become a diner. Just being on the table with others who are dining doesn’t make me a diner. And that’s why you got to get in your head here in this country. Just because you’re in this country doesn’t make you an American. No; you got to go further than that. Before you can become an American, you’ve got to enjoy the fruits of Americanism and you haven’t enjoyed those fruits. You’ve enjoyed the thorns; you have enjoyed the thistles; but you have not enjoyed the fruits. No sir.

So I point these things out brothers and sisters so that you and I will know the importance, in 1965, of being in complete unity with each other, in harmony with each other, and not letting the (white) man maneuver us into fighting one another. I say again that I’m not a racist. I don’t believe in any form of segregation or anything like that. I’m for the brotherhood of everybody. But I don’t believe in forcing brotherhood upon people who don’t want it. So long as we practice brotherhood among ourselves and then others want to practice brotherhood with us,we’ll practice it with them also; we’ll work for that. But I don’t think we should run around trying to love somebody who doesn’t love us."



Ensayn1 said...

FocusedPurpose, Excellent follow up to Know Your Enemy. I find that many people don't know themselves, and are afraid to know themselves. We are the people of the Earth. We spread all across the globe before there was a "white" being on this planet. We spread from the Nile Valley to southern Africa, to West Africa, North and East into Hindustan, into Europe, the Americas and all the Islands in the Pacific and the Arctic. This is my belief. There are a few of us here trying to re-teach people, Black people, to stop saying "the white man came to Africa and took us away in chains and brought us to America." This thought pattern keeps Black people at a certain level of enslavement and gives white folk too much power they don't deserve. The white man was not that powerful. When we take the time to study the annals of past events, because his-story is distorted in his favor. Black people are prisoners of war, physical war (that was coming to an end in the year 1492) at that time and now psychological warfare. But, breaking that thought pattern is a very tall order. As Ezili Danto in the form of Harriet Tubman said "...I freed hundreds but I could have freed thousands if only they knew they were slave."

Peace and Blessing my sistah!

Ensayn1 said...

BTW, Immortal Technique puts it down. This is one of the reasons I fight down the notion that there is no good Hip Hop out today.

On you comment about a martial law city/state I am from Cali originally, grew up in San Diego and lived in L.A. I know full well what that means and unless you have experienced living there many people will think you are being a bit dramatic. But, I know FocusedPurpose, I know the life there.

Peace & Guidance

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

grreat post. look through my old post and read dogma of the excuse, u will mlove it

focusedpurpose said...


welcome back. thank you for your kind words. they mean a lot coming from you.

i share in your belief about black people. i understand why it is crucial that we turn on one another. i understand fully why the black woman must be defiled and destroyed at every turn. i understand the push to have us procreate ourselves out of existence. literally. this is war. we are still experiencing physical, psychological, and chemical warfare---today. think about it, why change tactics that work?

aids- is a man made plague to de-populate certain segments of the world population. it is being used so that rampaging europeans can get a little closer to raping their way through africa without running into resistant africans. and it is being used here to eliminate black men, women and children and other "undesirables". america loves genocide.

you said:

"breaking that thought pattern is a very tall order"

yes, i agree. being in sound mind, healthy body, speaking boldly truth to power, and taking dominion without apology or asking permission is also a tall order. the good, necessary stuff is usually "a very tall order". i am not scared:-) i am committed. it really seems to me that there is no other choice. the one certainty in this life is...death. why is everyone so afraid?

i love Harriet Tubman! sleeping people don't take action. it is time to wake up!!!

white folks are not powerful at all. they are the masters of stolen legacies and lies. m. scott peck hipped me to the collective behavior in his book, "people of the lie". of course he is famous for the "road less travelled". truth sends the white collective running scared, literally. if not that on a murderous rampage. i get it. i still say, i am not scared. or to quote dick cheney, "so"?:-) i just cracked myself up!

blessings in abundance bro,

focusedpurpose said...

yes, ITechnique is no joke:-) i love his music. i read back in the day how it was going to be profitable to be, behave, and dress like a nigger before it became just that. (btw, i believe niggers exist. it took hundreds of years to create them and unfortunately, they look like black people:-(

i do understand it is a weapon of war to take music and dance and turn it against a people that has used it historically as a part of their liberation struggle. evil genius. as usual, i find it best to reject out of hand any offering made by my enemy. what is interesting to note---white children are ingesting this poison in record numbers. my mother said it is best to watch the ingredients you put in your pot/stew. you may find you have to eat of it:-)

hip hop simply returned to its roots. it went back underground. mainstream is being polluted with the kkk hijacked vehicle. whores like 50, t.i., nelly, snoop, russell simmons, etc etc etc ought to all be ashamed. they won't be though. one must possess a conscience to be ashamed.

ITechnique talks about martial law. i see it regularly in my travels. i have lived in brentwood, westwood, and inglewood. inglewood police sets up roadblocks and demands to see black citizens' "papers". this has never happened to me in white neighborhoods. apartheid is right here. already. this harassment is called "productivity" by police officers.

i am thinking of doing a post on the subject. people are too distracted to pay attention to what is going down right now. classism is an issue as well. because right now, it is happening to "them". truly injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


focusedpurpose said...


i will check it out today! thanks:-)


Ensayn1 said...

Once again you speak the truth! I am going to have to get those books!